My 2002 Accord EX 2.3L is officially an old age car; I don't fix everything that goes wrong any more, but the list of things that I haven't fixed now has some annoying things on it that might be related to each other.
- Drinks oil at the rate of 4 quarts/500-1000 miles. (Bad rings, probably, no leaks, lots of smoke when I accelerate while it's cold. Oil changes have been too sparse, probably.)
- I have to "Use the JUJU" to get the key to turn from the off position. If I push in as I try to turn the key, it won't turn.
- (maybe related to 1 or 2) I quite often have problems starting it, I hear a light click, but either there is no other sound, or a slight cranking. My leading theory is both key switch and starter or excessive engine friction. I have to turn the switch to ACC or OFF and back to start to get it to start.
- My heater/AC blower for the interior is clicky (a tick, once a revolution, it sounds like).
- High speed on that blower is sometimes half speed/ three quarters speed, or even not running at all, but if it's not running, it may click on. Otherwise, the speed that shows up when I start the car is consistent throughout the car ride.
I have been an avid listener to NPR's "Car Talk", (RIP Tom, thanks for the laughs) so I have theories, but it's only in the percentages.
I think that a leading candidate is bad key switch assembly, but does that fix all four of the last ones, or do I have a severe engine friction issue, starter, or debris in the blower too? (Haven't gotten into the blower yet... on the first attempt I couldn't find the right driver for the screw, maybe torx, but it looked philipsy.) How many problems do I have in this list? I'm in the "save for the next car" mode, since a different model would suit my needs better at this point, so I want to fix what I can myself and fix only things that are annoying.
And yes, this is the classic old fussy car question, if it lasts a year, I'd be OK, if it lasts two, I'd be quite happy.
EDIT: (bottom line) Do I have this diagnosed properly? 80% chance it's just an old engine plus a bad key switch which is the only thing causing the other 3 operational issues. Also do any of my alternate theories hold water? Could debris in the blower cause it to act so erratically, is there any such thing as "excessive friction" in the engine that prevents the starter from turning the engine over? How hard is it to replace that switch in an accord? (Wear a helmet, yes yes, check. hah.)